When you’re driving around in your car, it’s easy to forget what’s lurking outside. There’s a roof, four walls, and locks. So, you’re safe. Right?
Well, sort of. Because you can be safe, but only if you take the right precautions. You see, while you’re out driving –picking up your kids from work, heading to the gym, meeting up with friends– the sun is giving off harmful UV rays. And, even though you’re tucked away inside your car, these harmful UV rays are penetrating through your (non-tinted) glass windows.
Where do these harmful UV rays go exactly? Straight to your skin.
In fact, the UV rays seep into your skin, causing long term effects, which can lead to skin cancer.
But not to worry. Because we’re here to give you some advice on how you can effectively protect your skin from UV damage, and stay happy and healthy.
Let’s get started!
What exactly are UV rays?
UV is an abbreviation for ultraviolet. When we talk about UV rays from the sun, we are talking about ultraviolet rays, and the effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Though sunshine is integral to our existence on Earth, giving us all sorts of nutrients and other health benefits, it is not without its downsides. Which, for us measly humans, is its noxious UV rays.
Essentially, the sun gives off energy, and UV rays are just a type of energy that the sun gives off. There are two types of UV rays: UVB and UVA.
UVB rays are what cause you to get sunburns and blisters, but don’t cause long term harm.
UVA rays, on the other hand, go deep into your skin. UVA rays toy with your skin’s aging process, and can, ultimately, cause skin cancer.
How can I protect myself from harmful UV rays?
There are two crucial (but easy!) ways to protect your skin from harmful UV rays: sunscreen and window tinting.
First off, always wear sunscreen. Even if it’s cloudy outside. Ideally, the higher the SPF the better. But if you’re not that big on sunscreen, then 15 SPF is the recommended minimum.
Second, get your car windows tinted. We spend hours every day in our cars, and that means hours spent exposing ourselves to cancer inducing sun rays.
How does window tinting protect me from UV rays?
Window tints contain special shading properties that create a barrier between you and the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, window tinting can protect you from up to 99% of UV rays.
In general, windshields are usually treated to block UVA rays, and regular glass windows are usually treated to block UVB rays. But that still means that UVA rays are coming into the car through the side and back windows. Which means, your skin is at risk.
Be smart. Protect yourself and your passengers with tinted car windows, and block those nasty UV rays from ever harming your skin.